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therefore
used in The Screwtape Letters

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for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
  • If once they get through this initial dryness successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much harder to tempt.
    Chapter 2 (74% in)
  • Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune, or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous.
    Chapter 2 (38% in)
  • Desiring their freedom, He therefore refuses to carry them, by their mere affections and habits, to any of the goals which He sets before them: He leaves them to "do it on their own".
    Chapter 2 (68% in)
  • He thinks his conversion is something inside him and his attention is therefore chiefly turned at present to the states of his own mind—or rather to that very expurgated version of them which is all you should allow him to see.
    Chapter 3 (14% in)
  • Let us therefore think rather how to use, than how to enjoy, this European war.
    Chapter 5 (54% in)
  • One can therefore formulate the general rule; in all activities of mind which favour our cause, encourage the patient to be unselfconscious and to concentrate on the object, but in all activities favourable to the Enemy bend his mind back on itself.
    Chapter 6 (41% in)
  • If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.
    Chapter 7 (32% in)
  • Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation—the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks.
    Chapter 8 (15% in)
  • He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.
    Chapter 8 (89% in)
  • This may surprise you, because, of course, there is more physical energy, and therefore more potential appetite, at the Peak periods; but you must remember that the powers of resistance are then also at their highest.
    Chapter 9 (10% in)
  • Some humans are permanently surrounded by it and therefore inaccessible to us.
    Chapter 13 (16% in)
  • The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality.
    Chapter 13 (27% in)
  • To get him away from those is therefore always a point gained; even in things indifferent it is always desirable substitute the standards of the World, or convention, or fashion, for a human's own real likings and dislikings.
    Chapter 13 (65% in)
  • You must therefore conceal from the patient the true end of Humility.
    Chapter 14 (32% in)
  • His whole effort, therefore, will be to get the man's mind off the subject of his own value altogether.
    Chapter 14 (75% in)
  • Your efforts to instil either vainglory or false modesty into the patient will therefore be met from the Enemy's side with the obvious reminder that a man is not usually called upon to have an opinion of his own talents at all, since he can very well go on improving them to the best of his ability without deciding on his own precise niche in the temple of Fame.
    Chapter 14 (81% in)
  • He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present.
    Chapter 15 (9% in)
  • He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present—either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.
    Chapter 15 (16% in)
  • The pleasure is just the part of the process which we regret and would exclude if we could do so without losing the sin; it is the part contributed by the Enemy, and therefore experienced in a Present.
    Chapter 15 (48% in)
  • As long as that is the real course of his tranquillity, his tranquillity will do us good, because it is only piling up more disappointment, and therefore more impatience, for him when his false hopes are dashed.
    Chapter 15 (84% in)
  • But we used the schoolmasters to put the story about—men who were really interested in chastity as an excuse for games and therefore recommended games as an aid to chastity.
    Chapter 17 (97% in)
  • If, as I have clearly shown, all selves are by their very nature in competition, and therefore the Enemy's idea of Love is a contradiction in terms, what becomes of my reiterated warning that He really loves the human vermin and really desires their freedom and continued existence?
    Chapter 19 (3% in)
  • The more claims on life, therefore, that your patient can be induced to make, the more often he will feel injured and, as a result, ill-tempered.
    Chapter 21 (10% in)
  • You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption "My time is my own".
    Chapter 21 (23% in)
  • When I speak of preserving this assumption in his mind, therefore, the last thing I mean you to do is to furnish him with arguments in its defence.
    Chapter 21 (51% in)
  • It bears a sickening resemblance to the description one human writer made of Heaven; "the regions where there is only life and therefore all that is not music is silence" Music and silence—how I detest them both!
    Chapter 22 (66% in)
  • The documents say what they say and cannot be added to; each new "historical Jesus" therefore has to be got out of them by suppression at one point and exaggeration at another, and by that sort of guessing (brilliant is the adjective we teach humans to apply to it) on which no one would risk ten shillings in ordinary life, but which is enough to produce a crop of new Napoleons, new Shakespeares, and new Swifts, in every publisher's autumn list.
    Chapter 23 (33% in)
  • To experience much of it, therefore, they must experience many different things; in other words, they must experience change.
    Chapter 25 (18% in)
  • If the thing he prays for doesn't happen, then that is one more proof that petitionary prayers don't work; if it does happen, he will, of course, be able to see some of the physical causes which led up to it, and "therefore it would have happened anyway", and thus a granted prayer becomes just as good a proof as a denied one that prayers are ineffective.
    Chapter 27 (36% in)
  • In other words let him consider himself sufficiently identified with the women and children to feel hatred on their behalf, but not sufficiently identified to regard their enemies as his own and therefore proper objects of forgiveness.
    Chapter 29 (26% in)
  • It is therefore often the compensation by which a frightened man reimburses himself for the miseries of Fear.
    Chapter 29 (30% in)
  • To make a deep wound in his charity, you should therefore first defeat his courage.
    Chapter 29 (34% in)
  • The danger of inducing cowardice in our patients, therefore, is lest we produce real self-knowledge and self-loathing with consequent repentance and humility.
    Chapter 29 (42% in)
  • It is therefore possible to lose as much as we gain by making your man a coward; he may learn too much about himself!
    Chapter 29 (62% in)
  • He has been very frightened and thinks himself a great coward and therefore feels no pride; but he has done everything his duty demanded and perhaps a bit more.
    Chapter 30 (6% in)
  • To produce the best results from the patient's fatigue, therefore, you must feed him with false hopes.
    Chapter 30 (36% in)

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